Books in Motion: Before I Fall

before i fall


I couldn’t remember all that much about the book before watching this movie, but as I was watching bits and pieces started coming back to me. I didn’t have high hopes but I actually really enjoyed it. I even cried!



I thought Zoey was an okay choice to play Sam. She’s not the strongest actress, but she was one of the better ones in both Ringer and Vampire Academy (although for VA the bar was low. So low.) so I didn’t hate the casting. She did a good job with Sam. I loved her relationship with her little sister. It came across really well on screen and it made me ABSOLUTELY SOB. Partly because Sam’s sister reminded me so much of my own.

Lindsay was one of my favourites. You dislike her a lot, but then you realise that she’s been going through some stuff and, as a teenager, that shit has an affect on you. That doesn’t mean that I condone her actions or her bullying, but it explains a lot and it makes you think.

I have to say that I really didn’t like Juliet. The actress was, in my opinion, cringe-worthy and horrendous. Her crying and shouting was awful and if all of the acting had been like that I’d have switched it off.


Like I said, it has been seven years since I read the book and I can’t remember too much about it. I think the movie is good on its own, and from what I can recall of the book the cast and crew have done a really good job at adapting it.


  • The whole Groundhog Day concept.
  • Sam’s relationship with her sister because *CRIES* it was wonderful and precious.
  • Sam slowly changing for the better.


  • Juliet. JFC.


not bad


5 comments on “Books in Motion: Before I Fall

  1. Deanna July 28, 2017 1:37 pm

    I still haven’t seen the movie, but glad to hear it was a pretty okay adaptation.

  2. Lauren @ Bookmark Lit July 28, 2017 9:44 pm

    I really loved the book so I was suuuuper nervous about the movie! I ended up really enjoying it too. I think the casting overall was pretty good. Agreed about Juliet’s character though – a little more intense than expected. ALSO agreed on the sister thing. That whole part of the book made me cry while reading and rereading, and it was no exception during the movie. Definitely reminded me of my sister/ our relationship when we were younger.

  3. Rachael Turns Pages July 30, 2017 1:43 am

    I read the book shortly before seeing the movie and I think they did a pretty good job on the movie. I enjoyed it. I do have to agree with you about Juliet. I found her to be annoying, so I did not sympathize with her as much.

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity July 30, 2017 9:31 am

    I’ve been meaning to watch this film as I know it’s on Netflix. I got the book out of the library a while back because this film was coming out and I was intrigued so I am interested to see this. From what I’ve heard from others the film is pretty decent so I may give it a shot. I’ll have seen worse book adaptations I’m sure.

  5. Sophie @ Dreaming Of Happy Endings July 31, 2017 5:41 pm

    I watched the movie straight after finishing the book and didn’t have high hopes since I thought the book was just average. I ended up loving the adaptation, I think they did a really great job. I have to agree with you about Juliet though, the acting wasn’t great and to me she didn’t really fit with the character from the book.

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